Archived Security Messages
To: All U.S. Citizens in Djibouti
From: U.S. Embassy, Djibouti
17 October 2013
On October 13th, an explosion occurred in a residential area in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Press reports indicate the regional terrorist group al-Shabaab has taken credit for the explosion. In light of this and the recent attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, U.S. citizens should continue to be vigilant while going about their activities and make the following safety tips a part of their daily routine:
- When in a public place, be aware of the various exit points.
- Avoid potentially risky situations like street protests. Refrain from taking pictures of such events.
If you witness any suspicious activity, please dial 18 to report it to the police.
If you live in or travel to Djibouti, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Djibouti Website. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Embassy is located at Lot number 350-B, Lotissement Haramous, Djibouti City. The mailing address is B.P. 185, Lot number 350-B, Lotissement Haramous, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti. U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy during regular work hours, Sundays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. by dialing (253) 21 453-000. For after hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, dial (253) 21 453-010 or (253) 77 877-229.
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September 25, 2013
The recent attack in Nairobi provides a stark reminder that terrorists continue to prefer to attack civilians and soft targets such as hotels, restaurants, or malls in lieu of fortified government targets. The Embassy therefore urges U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and continue to take their personal security seriously.
While we have no specific indications that a similar situation may happen in Djibouti, we encourage all U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Djibouti to read this notice carefully and take the time to discuss its contents with their families. When you go to a supermarket, restaurant, hotel, or any common gathering location, please familiarize yourself with the lay of the land. Identify multiple exits because in an emergency you might not be able to get out the same way you entered.
Use common sense. If you see a problem, avoid it. If you are injured or your vehicle is damaged while you are in it, drive through the problem and get to a safe area, such as a hospital or police station.
Remember the importance of maintaining a low profile, especially if you find yourself close to a disturbance.
Develop a family emergency action plan. Your plan should include where to meet and how to communicate with each other if you are separated or if you lose your phone. While we hope you will never have to use this plan, it is important to discuss what to do in an emergency before a crisis happens. We live in an unpredictable world, and planning ahead of time will alleviate the additional stress of developing an impromptu plan during a crisis.
Be alert at all times. If something doesn’t feel or look right, leave the area. If you see something suspicious, contact the local police to report it.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Djibouti enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution and travel information, including Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Google Play Store, to have travel information at your fingertips.
In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy is located at Lot number 350-B, Lotissement Haramous, Djibouti City. The mailing address is B.P. 185, Lot number 350-B, Lotissement Haramous, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti. U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy at any time by dialing (253) 21-453-000. Regular business hours are Sundays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.